St Leonards student team scoops top award in the county

The winning Filsham Valley pupils
The winning Filsham Valley pupils

A TEAM of students from St Leonards have scooped the title of top young consumers in a county-wide competition.

The pupils from Filsham Valley beat off competition from rival teams representing Helenswood and Peacehaven Community School to land the prize last week.

Each pupil was tested on a range of subjects, including consumer rights and responsibilities and the environment.

And, as a result of winning the contest, the Filsham Valley students were presented with a host of prizes donated by local firms as well as vouchers for their school.

They will now move on to the regional final which will be held in Eastbourne next month and, if they can win through that, they will compete for a £1,000 prize for their school.

The local heat was organised by East Sussex County Council’s trading standards team, and Councillor Bob Tidy was among the first to praise the winning Filsham students.

He said: “I would like to congratulate the students from Filsham Valley on their excellent win and wish them success at the regional final. I would also like to thank the other students from around the county who took part.

“The competition is our contribution to helping young people know their rights and responsibilities when buying and selling.

“It’s run along the lines of University Challenge and our trading standards team aim to make it both fun and educational.

“Our schools and colleges joined hundreds of others from across the country who have taken on the challenge to become the top young consumers and win a £1,000 prize for their school in the final.”